The Best Turkey & Cheese Manicotti


 

Turkey and Cheese Manicotti inspired by the incredible Giada De Laurentiis!! This is the most amazing Manicotti in the world – and will be a new Family Favorite in your house guaranteed!  A great dish to make ahead of time (or in steps) and either refrigerate or freeze for later.

 

You’ll Need:

2 tsp Olive Oil

1 chopped Onion

1 lb ground Turkey or Beef

14 Manicotti (8oz package)

1 container (15oz) Part-Skim Ricotta

3 cups of shredded Mozzarella

1 cup grated Parmesan

2 tbsp chopped Parsley

2 Garlic cloves, minced

3 cups Marinara Sauce

Salt & Pepper

 

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 tsp of Olive Oil, Onion, and Ground Turkey. Season with Salt and Pepper. Sauté until Turkey is brown and Onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
  2. Brush 1 tsp of Olive Oil over a large baking sheet. Cook the Manicotti in a large pot of boiling water until slightly softened (if they get too soft you’ll have trouble stuffing them), so only cook about 5-7 minutes. (I cook only 7 Manicotti at a time) Using a slotted spoon, transfer the Manicotti from the pot to the oiled baking sheet.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine the Ricotta, 2 cups of Mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup of Parmesan, and Parsley. Add the Garlic, Salt, and Pepper to taste, and mix. Stir the cooled meat mixture into the cheese mixture.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Prep a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Spoon Marinara sauce into the baking dish to just coat the bottom of the dish. Fill the Manicotti with the cheese-meat mixture. Arrange the stuffed pasta in a single layer in the prepared baking dish. Spoon the remaining sauce over the Manicotti.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup Mozzarella and 1/2 cup Parmesan over the stuffed pasta. Bake uncovered until heated through and the sauce bubbles on the sides of the dish, about 30-35 minutes*. Let the dish stand for 5 minutes before serving.

*If frozen, bake for about 1 hour.

Pair with an awesome glass of red wine and Enjoy!

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